Let’s hope cul­tural cen­ter keeps thriv­ing

Santa Fe New Mexican - - OPINION - Jan Ar­rott

The logic be­hind Gov. Michelle Lu­jan Gr­isham in­clud­ing Re­becca Avi­tia, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional His­panic Cul­tural Cen­ter of New Mex­ico and a fel­low Demo­crat, in the group of ex­empt em­ploy­ees forced to re­sign, es­capes me (“Forced res­ig­na­tion hits Na­tional His­panic Cul­tural Cen­ter,” Jan. 5). Avi­tia is “cred­ited with turn­ing around the long-strug­gling cen­ter.” Un­der Avi­tia’s man­age­ment, the Al­bu­querque-based cen­ter “nearly tripled the num­ber of events it held and saw rev­enue grow to $1 mil­lion last year de­spite de­creases in state aid.” This, in com­par­i­son to rev­enue at $250,000 in prior years at­trib­uted to mis­man­age­ment.

I hope the gov­er­nor has a plan in mind for Avi­tia’s re­place­ment. It took a two-year search to find a new di­rec­tor be­fore Avi­tia was found and hired. Let’s keep the NHCC thriv­ing.

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